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Wengler, John (ed.) / Wisconsin engineer
Volume 87, No. 3 (February, 1983)

Syed, Hassan
Trading visas for diplomas,   pp. 8-[9]


Page 8


Trading Visas for Diplomas
by Hassan Syed
  PThe cii,,?5 l(J trad(I iar th reaten5 to
hIarc?( its (,ff('('t oP the forecign sthdents
StH((/~ll in the U.S. A (itiZcie of Pakis-
ta 1, Harssa; sa S/ed(1 presents the foreifgn?
stcl(eiet .5 ricic of leqisla tioln )en(lig ?q in
(7lmgrcss. Hlassa n is a n le(tric ll e149-
IocriilgJ stwl (let and1 is inte rsted ini
in1tern ltiowlanl reat(ions.
  It seems, now that the United States
is going through an economically rough
period, that Congress is resorting to
quick-fix measures to take care of the
country's economic ills. Bills such as
the balanced budget amendment and
tough immigration laws are being
pushed vigorously as economic pana-
ceas. In Congress' almost frenzied
approach to cut down unemployment,
it is the foreign students at university
campuses all over the country who
seem certain to be victimized.
  A bill currently under consideration
in Congress would force foreign stu-
dents out of the United States after
completing their education. The bill,
originally proposed by Sen. Allen K.
Simpson (R-WY), would prohibit for-
eign students from applying for per-
manent residence in the U.S. until two
small university campuses and would
definitely affect the cultural richness
of campuses all over the country. In
today's world there is more need than
ever for people from different coun-
tries to get in contact with each other
and gain a better understanding of
each other's cultures.
  The proponents of this bill claim that
a large number of foreign students,
with no knowledge of this country and
its language, are immigrating to the
U.S. Such an argument is fallacious.
First, statistics prove a large number
of foreign students are not immigrat-
ing to the U.S. Secondly, it is false to
assume that these students have no
knowledge about American culture
and language. These students are
actually well-accustomed to the Amer-
ican lifestyle and in most cases have
incorporated it into their daily lives.
Most of these intellectuals have an
extremely good command of the Eng-
lish language. These students are more
suited to blend into the American main-
stream than anybody else.
  Even though supporters of the bill
claim that the foreign students are
needed more in their native countries,
the bill has built-in loop-holes. These
lope-holes would allow the U.S. offi-
cials to retain foreign students with
degrees and expertise in highly tech-
nical fields. However, a majority of
foreign students will not fall under the
ambiguous language of these provi-
sions. Such measures in the bill cast
doubt on the sincerity of its proponents.
  The bill is increasingly gaining
momentum because of Washington's
paranoia over large-scale illegal im-
migration into the country. But, the
foreign student should not be made a
scape-goat in a case over Immigra-
tion's inability to curb illegal entries
into the U.S. from across the border. n1
"Bills such as the balanced
budget amendment and
tough immigration laws
are being pushed vigorous-
ly as economic panaceas."
years after graduation. Also, students
would not be allowed to extend their
visas after graduation, thus forcing
them out of the country.
  If passed, such a bill would have dis-
astrous effects on foreign students. It
would create a climate of aggravation
and constant worry over future pros-
pects in America for these students. It
would undermine the credibility of
U.S. educational institutions as world
centers for gaining knowledge and
technical expertise, since foreign stu-
dents would not be allowed to stay,
work, and gain experience. With the
1960's baby boom gone, it is estimated
that college enrollment will decline in
the later part of this decade. It would
not be prudent to scare a sizable num-
ber of foreign students enrolled at
Wisconsin Engineer, February 1983
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